Trip to Vancouver via Panama Canal: Day 5, 6, 7 – Cape May NJ to Annapolis MD | Yachtsmiths PEI

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We transited the Cape May Canal before 8 am. This canal is very short and very shallow. If I were bringing a sail boat south or a boat with more than 5 feet of draft I would definitely think twice about going thru this canal. We saw 4-5 feet on the depth sounder fairly regularly.

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Day 5 – June 7th
We transited the Cape May Canal before 8 am. This canal is very short and very shallow. If I were bringing a sail boat south or a boat with more than 5 feet of draft I would definitely think twice about going thru this canal. We saw 4-5 feet on the depth sounder fairly regularly. Several years ago I brought another bigger trawler thru here that drew 5 ½ feet so we waited for high tide.

Anyway, when you exit into the Delaware river there is a ferry terminal on the right side of the canal so you need to stay clear of them in case they leave quickly.

The trip up the Delaware is very straight forward. The commercial traffic will stick in the channel but there is plenty of water on either side of the channel for smaller boats.

One of the interesting things to see is the old fashioned lighthouses like this one:

old lighthouseOops, I forgot to mention why we were doing this detour….we had to go to Annapolis to pick up the owners dinghy. We had ordered this from Florida but the company couldn’t ship to Canada so we got it dropped off at Hal Whittaker’s house in Annapolis.

This meant taking a detour up the Delaware, thru the C&D canal and down thru the upper Chesapeake Bay to Annapolis. By the way C&D stands for Chesapeake – Delaware.

The C&D Canal is very interesting and has a few really high bridges crossing it. The traffic thru here in the summer can be very busy and it is well patrolled. Here are a few videos of the canal entrance and the canal itself:

In the Chesapeake – Delaware Canal: VIDEO

Eastern Entrance of the C&D Canal: VIDEO

Bridges over the C&D Canal: VIDEO

Once you exit the southern end of the canal you find that the upper Chesapeake bay is very narrow. There is a well marked channel and it is wise to stay in the channel if you don’t know these waters as it gets very shallow very quickly.

I once did this part of the trip at night in a bit of a storm and was amazed at how rough it got on this inland bay.

Anyway, the trip down to Annapolis has lots of great scenery and for the first time, we drove the boat from the flybridge. We got plenty of strange looks as this boat doesn’t look too much like a conventional trawler. It took all day to get to the Bay Bridge which crosses the bay to Annapolis. When we pulled in, it was almost dark, but Hal had arranged a very convenient (and free!) dockage for us at the Annapolis Sailing club (thanks Hal!)

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge: VIDEO

Approaching Annapolis, Maryland: VIDEO

We were very relieved to be tied up but had promised Hal and his new wife and son that we would take them for a spin around the bay. (after all Hal did design the boat!) It was a great trip with plenty of refreshments and appetizers! Hal’s son drove the boat for a while and really enjoyed that.

We stayed in Annapolis for a couple days, recharging batteries and doing a few tasks for the boat. Annapolis is a really beautiful place and well worth the visit. It is a sailing mecca! as illustrated by this video…..

At Annapolis Harbour: VIDEO

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